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Brewed by:
Foolproof Brewing Company
Rhode Island, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Raincloud is the perfect “stay at home” brew. Dark, smooth, mysterious—this rich and flavorful porter is brewed with chocolate and crystal malts and a subtle blend of European hops. Raincloud is the ideal accompaniment for a lazy day of movie watching or reading.

Added by SenorHops on 02-12-2013

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288
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3.84
pDev:
23.44%
 
 
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Photo of woodychandler
4.61/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was a gift at the brewery to The CANQuest (TM) back in February when I visited on my way to the Inaugural RI Brew Fest at the Pawtucket Armory. I had to await approval of my picture as I only had the one CAN and I dislike pictures of spent beers.

From the CAN: "It's pouring outside, so pour yourself something inside ..."; "Raincloud is the perfect 'stay at home' brew. Dark, smooth, mysterious - this rich and flavorful porter is brewed with chocolate and crystal malts and a subtle blend of European hops. Raincloud is the ideal accompaniment for a lazy day of movie watching or reading."; "Your Life. Your Beer."; "Experience Responsibly".

The Crack revealed that this CAN was not as full as its brother, but I went with an inverted Glug all the same. Once the cascade began to settle, I had a dense finger of foamy, deep-brown head with excellent retention. The beer looked like a glass of ink! Dark? ZERO light penetration! None anywhere, not even on the sides or at the edges. It must have been a deep, dark-brown but all I could see was blackness. The smell was smoky, liquified dark chocolate and my mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was full and the richness of the chocolate made it feel as though I were drinking a milkshake. A really smoky chocolate milkshake! The lacing that had begun to manifest itself was going to require a jackhammer to remove. Finish was dry, very smoky, very much dark chocolate, but the wee yeasties had done their job and there was no sweetness remaining from the malt. It is not raining today, but I do have a book that I am reading (Irvine Welsh's latest - "Skagboys") so I think that I will take the brewery's advice and return to it.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got to "sample" a lot of this beer while hosting a beer tasting event at the liquor store I work at. I chose this brew because I was initially impressed with it, as were most of the customers who sampled it.

For the official review I poured the 12 oz can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A- After an aggressive pour I get a beautiful jet-black, opaque body with amber highlights. The head is thick, bubbly , and mocha colored which rises slowly and reduces even slower, leaving some thick, uniform lacing and a thick layer of patchy foam on the surface of the beer.

S- Primarily fresh coffee beans, toasted malt, dark chocolate, and maybe even a subtle vanilla-toffee aroma. The aroma is upfront and inviting.

T- Upfront I get milk chocolate, espresso, and vanilla notes, this develops into a bittersweet chocolate, roasty, nearly charred malt flavor that leaves a perfect bitterness on the tongue that is characteristic of an excellent robust porter.

M- Thick and creamy with low carbonation.

Out of the three flagship beers that foolproof has released, I have to say that this is by far the best one. They really hit this out of the park. It hits all the high points of an excellent porter/stout - it looks nice, smells nice, tastes delicious, and carries a thick, robust body. It's definitely a sipper, not a beer that you would drink the whole six pack in one sitting. Hopefully foolproof will expand it's distribution so more people can experience this one. Try it if you can!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz Foolproof branded can.

Appearance: dark brown to light black bodied beer that is opaque. The head is foamy and billowing in a light to medium khaki colored head. Good head retention and moderate lacing is present.

Smell: very roasty and notes of smoke, earth and chocolate. Smells like a proper american robust porter should.

Taste: Much the same as the nose. Pretty roasty which makes a moderately bitter bite first thing. Nice chocolate malts impart some sweetness to balance the big roasty profile. Light earthy hop and a hint of smoke. Finish is slightly bitter and is reminicent of a cup of straight black acidic coffee.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied porter with moderate carbonation. This drinks easy without any booze to it. Carbonation level is spot on.

Overall: This is a pretty underappreciated porter. I honestly had not heard of this beer until it was given to me as an extra in a trade. It is labeled as a robust porter and I reviewed it as such. I would definately have this beer again. I am impressed with Foolproof brewery; as this is my first beer from them and was pleasantly surprised with this brew. Bonus points for this beer being in a can.

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Photo of Gperson
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

At Three Penny in Montpelier (at the same sitting as an Everett). It was solid from the first sip, and as it warmed up it grew on me more and I welcome malts in Vermont. I couldn't decide if I liked the bitterness at the finish, and the smoothness of Everett that was sitting next to it made it a negative.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Raincloud Robust Porter
12 oz can
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

I picked up a 6 pack of Foolproof Porter on a whim last month while visiting Providence, RI. I noticed it was a locally produced beer and decided to give it a try.

Pours a jet ink black, opaque in appearance with a nice khaki colored head on top. Awesome trails of sticky lacings form on the side of the glassware.

Whiffs of a smokey fire, chocolate and percolating coffee.

The mouthfeel is rich, chewy and slick with a monster malt profile that provides flavors of liquid smoke, dark chocolate and caramel sweetness. I also a detect roasted malts with every sip, reminiscent of a quality espresso. There is an element of sweetness here too, perhaps a hint of lactose or sugar. The finish has a biting hop snap.

A really smooth and flavorful porter, which is probably my favorite style of beer.

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Photo of Lagerhouserules
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow Was I surprised by this one. A relative from RI brought this to me in upstate NY. Pours black with a medium creamy brown head that quickly disappears. Drinks almost like a black IPA but it still falls into porter/stout territory. Some dark chocolate notes. Really pretty delicious. Would seek this out and would love to try on tap.

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Photo of StuporJew
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

In my line of work, it's rare that I come across a beer/brewery I've never heard of. In this case, for once, I did. I just happened to pop into a local liquor store, to see how the other half lives, if you can dig it, and stumbled across Foolproof brewing. While there are new breweries coming into Texas at an incredibly exciting rate, the fact that this one slipped past my radar astounds me.
Both beers I've had from Foolproof so far have been excellent. But enough Blah-blah. On with the show.


Raincloud pours a dense, pitch black, that is quickly topped with a huge pillowy cap of foam. The head lingers for almost two minutes, diminishing slowly, and leaving loads of thick lacing clinging to the glass. Color me interested.


The nose is bushels of rich, smoky malt. Cacao nibs, burnt brisket ends, day old coffee (In a good way!), and British hops tickle the sinuses. There's not a hint of the 6.5% ABV to be had here, which is awesome, since I let this puppy warm up to almost room temperature before drinking. Rad.


Raincloud tastes like it would be perfect paired with a rained-out barbecue.
Ironically enough, the can says it pairs well with "a lazy day of movie watching or book reading", which I can easily say, it works well with. This is what a "ROBUST" porter should taste like. SO many beers make that claim, and fall short in the flavor department. This is the exception. Thick, smoky, heavy, and peaty. Roast malts hit up the front end, coffee and peat take up the middle, and a subtle hint of vanilla cream rounds out the back. Sorry, Smuttynose, but you're doing this style wrong.


On the Palate, Raincloud is soft, velvety, and deceptively smooth. Again, creamy, even. At the same time, it lets you know that it is NOT a light beer. The flavor lingers long after each swallow. But, that being said, it requires another sip. And another. And another.


All told, I'm incredibly impressed by this beer, from a brewery I'd never heard of,
from a town in Rhode Island that I thought was just a place in the show "Family Guy". (Pawtucket. Like Pawtucket Patriot ale.) I won't lie and say that half the reason I bought this beer was just that. But you know what? I'm damn glad I did.
Cheers!!!!

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Photo of Shellynix
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Totally blindsided by how delicious this was. It made me a porter fan. It was dark, heavy, and had a strong aroma. Didn't have a coffee taste that I've gotten from other porters. Very strong, I would highly recommend for any porter fans.

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Photo of mcox90
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can . Pours dark brown with a one finger tan head. Roasted malt, coffee and brown bread on the nose. Semi sweet taste with some bakers chocolate, black coffee and a light dose of hops. Medium bodied. and drinkable.

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Photo of horshack7
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: On top is a dark beige to light brown head very creamy in texture. Underneath is an abyss of wonderful darkness.

Aroma: Lots of vanilla bean, cocoa nibs, milk chocolate. Faint notes of dark roasted coffee.

Taste: Milk chocolate, silky smooth mouthfeel, vanilla all through it. Chocolate malts, wisps of milk sugar way in the back. The finish is smooth with a light malty dryness.

Notes: Such a great American porter top to bottom a good find and one to pick up again. Cheers.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

@ Mills Tavern, Providence RI

Served in a Foolproof snifter. Dark brown to black in a very dark dining room for extra darkness. Big, splashy head throws lace all over the glass. Good lookin' stuff.

Heavy char aroma. A little dark fruit like fig or cassis pops up here and there.

Complex and extremely flavorful. Cassis up front with a heavy char in back. There's some hop bitterness which really shoves the char on your tongue. I like that. Maybe some dark baker's chocolate. Maybe?

I was going to give up on Foolproof after their ho hum IPA. This is much, much better. Between Mayflower Porter, HF Everett, Smuttynose Robust porter, OC Stovepipe and Raincloud I think porter is one of the styles New England does best.

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Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Two-finger beige head. Good ring lace after each sip. Dark brown color where no light passes through the glass.

Deep chocolate smell that hovers between milk and semisweet. Light alcohol in the background.

Dark steps up first--mostly chocolate but I believe there's a bit of black patent as well. Solid body with an equally decent carbonation. Great semisweet chocolate aftertaste. A bit of tart cherry in the swallow.

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Photo of Brandegee
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours black. My can had a tremendous amount of pressure on it, causing lots of foam. Had to wait a couple of times for it to settle before finishing the pour.

S: Malt, roast coffee, hint of chocolate.

T: Chocolaty, lots of roasted malt and slightly burnt coffee. A healthy amount of bitterness, but not too much.

M: Lots of body, but not as thick as many stouts. The dark and roasted malts dominate, very little hop and sugar syrupy feel.

O: Solid example of a robust porter. True to style and an impressive delivery from the can.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 3/10/13

Appearance: Dark, dark brown - surprisingly dark, honestly, coming from a bright blue can - pours with a small, light tan head - fades to a small trace of a cap, leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Dark and roasty - decidedly robust, almost smells like a stout - roasty coffee and dark chocolate - semisweet chocolate chips and chocolate cake - some toffee and some hints of dark fruits - light touch of what smells like lactose, and I'm pretty sure I'm not imagining it

Taste: Roasty with a lot of chocolate - roasty, lightly burnt coffee - chocolate malts, with some caramel malts and toffee - dark chocolate and milk chocolate - chocolate cake - light lactose flavor that kind of makes this taste like a mocha latte (might be a stretch, but close enough) - light bitterness, moderate but pleasant sweetness overall

Mouthfeel: Medium-ish body, creamy, smooth, light carbonation, lightly oily aftertaste

Overall: Taste the rainbow... or rather, Raincloud

I can't say I was particularly impressed by Foolproof's IPA (Backyahd), but this robust porter is remarkably solid. I would actively encourage people to try this. It's very roasty and chocolatey, and I think it has some milk stout-like qualities. Tasty.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Single 12oz can purchased for $1.75 at Craft Beer Cellar on Islington St, Portsmouth NH. Served cold in a tulip. No code/ date on can.

Dark brown brew puts up a nice creamy 1/2" of foam that settles slowly, leaving behind a thick layer on the glass. The nose is thick and creamy, semi-sweet, with dark malt and cocoa, a hint of vanilla. Taste follows straight from the smell, a nice dose of dark cocoa mixes with dark malts, a bit of smoke, and a moderate hop bitterness. Feel is creamy but finishes clean. Carbo maybe a bit too light. This is a nice sipping beer, filling. Tasty.

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yay cans! Glad to see another Foolproof up this way. Plus you don't see many porters in a can.

Pours a perfect 2 finger creamy thick mocha colored head that hits the top of my Tree House tulip and fades semi slowly with tons of lacing, pitch black beer.

Nose is pretty much a robust porter, nice dark malts, a little roasty but not much, good dark chocolate and powdered cocoa like, a nice dark bitter slight tannic like roast, a little caramel and dark crystal malts, hint of a creamy malt base too, and a bit of a clean mineral like aroma.

Taste starts again like a nice robust porter, dark malts mostly, plenty of chocolate flavors, powdered cocoa and dark but creamy chocolate. A nice creamy nougat like dark malt character, some light roast and a bit of a bitter dark almost charred malt character but not really. More dark caramel malts and a hint of earthy hop bitterness round off the flavors. Finish is still a bit creamy and sticky but drier, plenty of lingering powdered cocoa, little caramel and syrupy sweetness, hint of dark roasty like malt too.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, nice creamy feel, decent carb although it could have a bit more carbonation.

Overall pretty nice, drinkable tasty porter that fits the bill nicely, and comes in a can, doesn't go overboard crazy or do anything really special but still pretty tasty.

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Photo of greybeardloon
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

No date, but it's only been available in cans for a week or two now.

A: Thick tan head with some retention and sheets of lacing.

S: Very prominent milk chocolate, or rather chocolate milk.

T: Chocolate milk, but not very sweet, with some dusty char lingering on the finish. Vanilla roundness to the flavor. Some woodsy hops poke through now and again, as does some roasted barley.

M: Low carbonation with a very pleasing soft and creamy mouthfeel that feels almost like a cask beer. (This might contribute to the chocolate milk association.) That said, it's thinner than I like in a porter.

O: Dangerously drinkable at 6.5%. This porter could easily join Smuttynose, Mayflower and Founders as a "house" porter for me.

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Photo of Dools9
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can, no date poured into a shaker pint.

A: Dark porter black with some ruby color around the bottom of the glass, thick frothy khaki head, huge chunks of lace left after each sip.

S: Roasted barley, some coffee and cream, has the standard mocha/cocoa thing goin on as well, smells nice and inviting.

T: Roasted malt, mocha/cocoa, some black coffee/espresso, touch of vanilla and black chocolate. Tasty stuff.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth brew, creamy feel. Carbonation is low and about right for the style.

O: Perhaps not as good as some of my personal top New England Porter favorites in Smuttynose Robust and Mayflower Porter, but definitely a very solid execution of the style by Foolproof. Similar to Baxter Phantom Punch albiet not a porter but the two are similar. But I prefer this one. Nicely done.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrybabbon for the extra. Poured into a tulip pint glass out of a 12oz can. No canning date, unfortunately.

First off, what's up with this thing? The carbonation is ridiculously volatile, and it's not even can conditioned, from what I can tell. Pours about 7 fingers worth of an off-khaki head, complete with a ton of huge bubbles in the mix. Any additional pour would have this climbing up like a scoop of ice cream. Leaves behind a ton of sticky foam on the glass, which is wild as lacing is decent at best. Nearly pitch black in appearance, with some slight color showing against the light. Exceeds all expectations as far as the robust porter style goes here.

The aroma contains the classic roasted qualities that pertains to the style, although not as much as you'd expect. Notes of milk chocolate, slight coffee, roasted malts, as well as vanilla, licorice, and a little bit of earthy bitterness both from the malts and hops (the latter which produces some mellow notes of orange peel and pine). Pretty standard stuff overall, and exactly what I'd expect. The sweetness from the extra ABV is welcome, and luckily it makes itself hidden. Good stuff overall.

The flavor is especially more chocolate forward, and for that matter, slightly more roasted in character. Right at the front there's a slight roasted malty sweetness that turns into the astringent equivalent of eating an actual bar of dark chocolate. This is followed with some slight licorice, vanilla, and some orange peel. Restrains itself pretty well on the malt profile, and the cocoa nib flavor is pretty welcoming if definitely more bitter than usual. At the same time, it's rather refreshing - medium bodied, rather than thick, but certainly not watery. This is a great replacement for a "robust" stout, as it provides the same amount of roasted character but isn't as sweet and definitely not as heavy on the gut. Drinks rather easy as a result, and makes for a simultaneously refreshing and extra flavorful offering with the intensified malt profile. My only complaint is that it's a little too carbonated (as the appearance clearly indicated), which makes this more of a sipper than it ought to be. Definitely welcoming overall, however.

Quite good - doesn't break any rules but definitely knows its place as a high quality, refreshing porter. I do wish more brewers were making dark beers at this caliber. Sometimes I simply cannot bare to have a malty sugary booze bomb every night of the week, but as a lover of all things roasted and caramelized, this sort would always do the trick. I would very interested in trying more offerings from this brewery and seeing what else they do well. Recommended for fans of porters.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a big tan cake of a head. Some lace.

Big roasted malt, cocoa, french-roast coffee nose.

Dark roasted malt, dark bread, some barley bitter coffee notes. Transition to smooth malty bitterness. Nice clean porter.

Medium body. Very good carbonation. I like the structure of this one a lot.

Well balanced and very drinkable. Very nice version of the style. No true flaws.

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Photo of bubbakx500
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The taste is rich and smooth. Unlike other Porters, this one tastes a little more smoother and less carbonated, but with less filling than usual. It almost seems as if the Mash during it's cycle of Brewing was more watered down /filtered a tiny more, and it was a one shot deal, and that's why i feel/taste as if this beer deserves an outstanding.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can bought as part of a 6-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark tan head over the almost opaque dark brown/black brew. Head falls at an average pace, with leggy cascading lace. Aroma is roasty grains and dark fruit.

Taste is cocoa and coffee to start, some dark fruitiness in the middle, and closes with light hops bitterness coupled with a slight burnt coffee character. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Nice.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Legal Sea Food
A: Dark brown with a thin head
S: Cocoa, coffee, chocolate/roasted malts
T: Matches the nose. Lots of roasted/bitter notes
M: Medium-bodied, bitter
O: Solid porter

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Photo of SenorHops
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Brown in color. Takes an aggressive pour to get a fluffy tan head that dissipates quickly with moderate lacing. Smokey, burnt coffee and dark chocolate in the nose. A little thin on the tongue, yet creamy and silky smooth. Very pleasant. Sweet espresso, bittersweet couverture, roasted malt & burnt toast. Slightly herbal and piney. A hint of dark fruit. Finishes with a slightly more than appropriate bitterness to balance it's sweetness when super fresh and I like this a lot. A solid, satisfying Robust Porter that is a must try. Easily the best beer in Foolproof's current lineup.

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Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color capped by a robust tan head; nice stickage and lacing

Smell: Roasty and chocolatey

Taste: Very roasty, up front, with dark chocolate settling in underneath; by mid-palate, the hops come on rather strong, bringing a grassy tone; bitter, roasty and chocolatey, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really tasty porter with an unusual twist in the hop bill; I would prefer a little fuller mouthfeel but that is a quibble

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Raincloud Robust Porter from Foolproof Brewing Company
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